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Online registration is now open for Bowl for Kids Sake: The Great Outdoors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern WI—St. Croix Valley's biggest fundraising event of the year! Bowl for Kids Sake helps raise funds to support our program of 1-to-1 mentoring for children facing adversity. Not only will you be helping Big Brothers Big Sisters, this event is a chance to get together with friends, family and co-workers and help us to continue to support hundreds of children in St. Croix and Pierce counties.
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks will host free snowshoe events at both parks in January. Kinnickinnic State Park: 1—3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 Willow River State Park: 1—3:30 pm. Saturday, Feb. 3 The Friends will provide snowshoes and basic instruction on how to snowshoe followed by a selection of short, guided snowshoe hikes. You will then have an opportunity to explore the park's snowshoe trails on your own. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
Allina Health announces restricted visitor guidelines for all hospitals Starting this month, Allina Health will implement restricted visitor guidelines to protect patients and staff due to influenza. The guidelines are: • Children under the age of 5 are asked not to visit patients. • Visitors to Mom Baby/Birth Center units may be screened for wellness and children under 5 will be screened for wellness before visiting. • Visitors who are sick should refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.
As the filing deadline passed last week, contests developed for 14 of the 19 districts for St. Croix County Board, as well four Somerset School Board seats, three Hammond Village Board positions, two New Richmond School Board spots, two Somerset Town Board seats, and three St. Croix Central School Board positions.
There are many lists kept at the Somerset Public Library: types of toner to order, trending titles to select for readers, furnace filter rotation, etc. What a surprise, when earlier this month we were gifted with two gorgeous, handcrafted wall hangings by local quilter Sandi Scanlon. It made me realize what a daunting task the elves must have at this time of year! Looking back at 2017, we have been on many people's nice list over the past 12 months. What follows is an attempt to compile an abridged list of those kind souls who supported us personally and professionally:
Experts from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will present a seminar focusing on effective ways to market livestock Jan. 19-20, 2018, at the UWRF Mann Valley Farm in River Falls. With a focus on beef and pork, highlights of the seminar include: • Cutting demonstrations • Value-added products • Direct marketing panel • Financial loan availability • Labeling requirements
The State Senate District 10 primary election is scheduled for Dec. 19, ahead of the special election on Jan. 16. There are five candidates on the primary election ballot vying to replace Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, who resigned last month after Gov. Scott Walker appointed her to be the state’s Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary.
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates 46 people were killed in traffic-related crashes last month. That's well below the 75 traffic deaths in November of last year and below November's five-year average of 53. Through November of this year, 555 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes including 77 motorcyclists, 56 pedestrians and seven bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were five less compared to the same period last year.
The Salvation Army in Polk, St. Croix and Burnett counties recently notified the media of an imminent concern and the future of their shelter programs. ""Our housing programs are at risk," local Salvation Army Director Duana Bremer said. "Donations are down and demand is up."
Motorists getting out of town this weekend are advised to drive carefully and plan ahead as the season's first major snowfall is expected to hit parts of southern Wisconsin Friday, Dec. 8. Flurries are expected to begin in southern and eastern parts of the state Friday afternoon, with higher snowfall totals toward Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Department of Transportation warns of snow-covered roads and limited visibility. The transportation department encourages motorists to check the National Weather Service, www.weather.gov , before venturing out on roadways.